Detroit Auto Show

Detroit Auto Show

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For those who want to soak up the sunshine in the fastest offering by Bentley , here are some pictures for you to drool at.

Apart from the eye-sore of a paint-job, the Bentley GTC Speed retains the aggressive stance of the GT Speed sans the roof. While it’s fun to drive with open-top freedom, it does add some extra weight and hampers the stability of the vehicle, though none of these problems are of concern if you’re intent on torturing it at a track.

Staying true to the "Speed" suffix, the convertible is powered by the 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine pulled straight out of its hard-top twin, it develops 625-horsepower and 800 Nm of torque, which is quite a lot for a GT luxury cruiser. With an expected time of 4.2 seconds to hit 60mph from standstill and a top speed of 200mph, this makes it the fastest convertible offering since the Bentley Continental Supersports ISR Convertible.

It’s expected to be unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show with a price slightly more than the $220,725 of its hard-top variant. But, being a Bentley, customers wouldn’t fret paying the extra premium for open-top freedom.

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After being teased for a couple of weeks, the new Toyota Corolla Furia Concept made its world debut at the Detroit Auto Show. As you probably have guessed from its name, the new Furia concept previews the design language set to be used in the next-generation Corolla .

The concept has been designed around a new "Iconic Dynamism" theme that combine pure and simple surface in an attempt to create a "confident, decisive and recognizable appearance appealing to more youthful consumers."

Up front Furia received a blacked-out grille and new sculpted front LED headlamps. The elegant lines continue with a sloped roofline and pronounced fender flares and rear composite LED taillight. Numerous carbon fiber accents have been used on the wheel wells, rocker panels, and rear valance. The concept sits on a new set of 19" alloy wheels.

Of course not all these elements will be featured in the next Corolla, but we expect to see at least the front grille, the headlamps and the taillamps.

Ford F-150

Now that Chevrolet has officially announced the 2014 Silverado , it is time for its biggest competitor - Ford F-150 to make the next move. New details suggest that Ford will in fact be offering a first concept version of the 2015 F-150 next month at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

The current generation F-150 is on sale ever since 2009 and received an updated version with new engines and a new look in 2011. However, do not expect the production version of the F-150 to arrive shortly after the concept - rumors suggest in fact that customers interested in the new generation pick-up will have to wait until late fall of 2014. That will offer the Ford model quite a disadvantage in front of its Silverado competitor set to go on sale in the second quarter of 2013.

The 2015 F-150 will be about 700 lbs lighter than the current generation and Ford has promised a fuel economy improved by 15 to 20%. The model will be offered with a new generation of V-6 engines, internally known as the "Nano" family, in the 2.7 to 2.9-liter displacement range.

Full details will be unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, stay tuned!

Infiniti has just announced that starting 2014 model year its model lineup nomenclature will be significantly simplified. The company will drop the usual G , M , FX , EX and will adopt a simple naming strategy: Q – for sedans, coupes and convertibles, and QX, for crossover and SUV models. Next to the Q or QX lettering each model will also get a double digit representing hierarchy within the range.

This decision has been made to symbolize the brand’s direction and the commitment to Infiniti under the leadership of Johan de Nysschen, but also as an heritage to the famous Q45 – Infiniti’s first iconic flagship produced between 1989 and 2006.

The first model in the new lineup - the Q50 - or the replacement for the previously G sedan will be making its world debut in January 2013 at the Detroit Auto Show. It will be followed by the Q70 - formerly known as the M sedan, and according to The Car Connection, we will also see a new flagship sedan, placed above the upcoming Q70, but do not expect to see until late in 2015.

While we are all waiting for the next-generation Z4 , it looks like BMW has slid in a refreshed version for the 2014 model year for good measure. The model has been caught testing in many times and now it will be making its world debut in January 2013 at the Detroit Auto Show.

BMW’s decision to update for the current generation Z4 Roadster shouldn’t be a big surprise to anyone. First, the current-gen Z4 has been on the market since 2009 and secondly, a final decision on a third-generation Z4 is still to be made.

Of course, the updates on the 2014 Z4 aren’t very impressive; in fact, the U.S. market will be the only one not receiving the biggest update — a new entry-level model that features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine. Other updates will be limited to the exterior, and will include updated LED headlights and two new set of wheels… That’s pretty much it!

Updated 12/18/2012: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 12/26/2012: BMW has unveiled two very cool video for their new Z4 Roadster set to be revealed in Detroit. The new video show the car in action, but also a few exterior and interior design elements.

In addition to the number of world premieres BMW is dropping at the 2013 NAIAS , a new equipment package, dubbed the Limited Edition Lifestyle package, will also be in attendance.

The package is set to be offered to both the 1-Series Coupe and the 1-Series Convertible , and comes with a slew of exclusive and high-quality equipment details that have been designed to add more style and substance to the exterior and interior of the 1-Series.

The package will come with a choice of three colors, including a Mineral White metallic paint that obviously gives the 1-Series Coupe and Convertible models the kind of added shine that makes it stand out from the crowd.

On top of the color options, the program also includes a new set of 18-inch light-alloy wheels and an interior that has been dressed up in brown leather trim with white contrast stitching, a brown leather sports steering wheel, specially badged door sill strips, and what BMW is calling as "Fineline Stream" fine wood trim. Taken all together, the Lifestyle Edition program is really more about classing up the 1-Series than anything else.

The convertible model goes one more by adding in a brown soft top with silver pigments to give it that Twilight-vampire-like shimmer in the sunlight. Okay, maybe not that drastic, but still a cool effect nonetheless.

No word yet on how much the program will set you back, but we expect more details of it when the cars bearing the mods make their debuts at the 2013 NAIAS.

We’ll update you with all of the details as they roll out.

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Over the past six generations, the boys at GM have given the exterior design of the Corvette

Over the past six generations, the boys at GM have given the exterior design of the Corvette more preference over the interior design and build quality. This theory explains the bland interior and average build quality inside the Chevy Corvette.

With the C7 Chevrolet Corvette though, that’s about to change. At least that’s what GM’s latest teaser video alludes to.

Chevrolet has finally realized that just by focusing on the exterior and powertrain is not enough to take down its emerging European rivals. The interior will be a point of focus for the development of the 2014 `Vette, a department ignored by GM when rivals like Porsche and Audi invest greatly on it.

Chevrolet has displayed proof of its change in a new teaser video of the much anticipated C7 Corvette called "Craft".

This teaser shows us that one of the focal points of the next-gen `Vette is the usage of higher-quality leather upholstery, carbon-fiber accents, softer materials and contrast stitching. With this aspect, the owners will find touching the interior and buttons, something to look forward to.

With a promising exterior design, performance and, now a revamped interior, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette may have the chance to give its European competitors a run for their money. Who knows? It can obliterate them as well. Here’s to hoping...

We already know that the Maserati Quattroporte will be getting a smaller engine in order to reduce fuel consumption, which is something that is quite a trend nowadays. But while the Quattroporte’s competitors, such as the Audi A8 and the Porsche Panamera 4 , are making their vehicles longer, Maserati says that their sedan "will not get any bigger."

"Even though our rivals – such as the new Audi A8 – are getting longer, we have to keep it as a sporty alternative," said Fiat design boss Lorenzo Ram Ram aciotti. The new model made its official debut today, and as Maserati officially announced it will combine old and new in an attempt to create a model that will help the Italian company to achieve their sales goal of 50,000 units a year by 2015.

UPDATE 12/12/2012: UPDATE 12/12/2012: Maserati has released 40 new high-resolution images for the new Quattroporte and also confirmed the engine lineup for the "fastest four-door Maserati Maserati ever built." Customers will have to choose between a 3.8-litre V8 and a 3.0-litre V6, both of which are all new and twin turbo charged. Most powerful version can hit a top speed of 191 mph. Full details after the jump.

UPDATE 01/14/13: Maserati has released a new promo video for the all-new Quattroporte, highlighting the flagship sedan’s traits as a fascination for fans of the Italian automaker. Check it out by clicking on the photo above.

Updated 02/08/2013: Maserati has unveiled a new video presenting the new generation Quattroporte during extreme testings at the legendary Nürburgring track. Enjoy!

UPDATE 03/19/13: Another new video of the new generation Quattroporte has gone live. This time, it’s all about the Quattroporte S Q4 and all of its capabilities. Check it out by clicking on the photo above!

Hit the jump to read more about the next generation Maserati Quattroporte.

Acura MDX

Acura has been testing the next-generation MDX for quite some time now, but the official debut of the production version is still months away. Before we have the chance to see it on the market, Acura will debut the first prototype version in January 2013 at the Detroit Auto Show.

The first teaser image, which Acura revealed today, shows that the prototype version will be feature a new "Aero Sculpture" design language that will affect both form and function. Expect the prototype’s alluring proportions with smooth, arching body lines to be carried over in the production version.

Acura offered no details on the new MDX’s powertrain, but rumors say it will be powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers a total of 310 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque. There are also rumors about a hybrid powertrain which will combine a V-6 engine with three electric motors.

Full details on the 2014 Acura MDX prototype will be unveiled during the company’s press conference in Detroit. Stay tuned!

We already know that beginning with the next-generation 3-Series , the coupe and the convertible versions will no longer be offered as a 3-Series model. Instead, BMW will add a new model to its lineup known as the 4-Series .

We are all eagerly anticipating a production version of the 4-Series to show up soon, but BMW will start off with a little teasing, as it will first release a concept model. The 4-Series concept will make its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and BMW has just released the first official details of the upcoming concept.

The new 4-Series will take its design inspiration from the 6-Series Coupe and it will offer "greater sportiness, greater exclusivity and even clearer differentiation" from the 3-Series. It will also be longer and feature a lowered roof line.

BMW offered no details on the engine lineup just yet, but the production version will be offered with the same engine lineup as the 3-Series sedan.

Update 12/7/2012: BMW has just launched a video outlining the all-new BMW 4-Series Concept with higher ups at Bimmer talking about the improvements of the new Coupe.

UPDATE 02/18/13: Leave it to BMW to leave us dumbfounded about a new promo video for the new BMW 4-Series Coupe. It’s in German, which we don’t really understand, but a quick browse through Google Translate seems to suggest that the promo video is saying the that the 4-Series Coupe is "the Ultimate Driving Machine". And who are we to disagree. Check out the video by clicking on the photo above.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 BMW 4-Series Coupe Concept.


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